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UPDATE 9.6.13: A rep for the hotel emailed us to say, "We're having our most successful year on record since reopening in 2008. We're averaging over 80% occupancy a year and have the highest revenues in the history of Fontainebleau. In fact, Fontainebleau is one of the most profitable non-casino hotels in the world." In other words, party on.
It's unbelievable that even in the face of financial troubles, Miami Beach's legendary Fontainebleau is still partying like all's right in the world.
The hotel capped off their summer of BleauLive concertsthis past weekend with a performance by singer Robin Thicke and Grammy-winning producer/musician Pharrell Williams. The duo took to the stage and performed their monster summer hit, "Blurred Lines."
Meanwhile, the details are equally blurry regarding the upcoming sale of The Fontainebleau to South Florida developer Turnberry Ltd. Dubai World, who has 50 percent stake in the hotel, has already unloaded other assets to repay $25 billion worth of debts, with the SoBe hotel the most recent on the chopping block.
According to an article in Reuters, the sale of the hotel will be completed in a few weeks, but the price is being kept hush hush according to their source, and Dubai World's spokesman would not comment.
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The only thing cooler than staying at a hotel this summer is being a guest at one that has a built-in music venue. This is a great time of year when well-known musicians go on tour at big arenas, but some even play some sessions at hotels as well. Yay!
Here are a few acts performing at a property near you. But ya gotta act fast when it comes to scoring a seat! We just missed out on Whitesnake tickets at an Arizona resort, plus they refused our offer to play Tawny Kitane in exchange to get on stage with rock god David Coverdale. Boo! But there’s still time for these shows!
THE CLEVELANDER HOTEL, Miami Beach
If you happen to be in Miami today we suggest you get to the legendary Clevelander Hotel if you want to take part in Y100’s daytime Mack-A-Palooza 2013 fest, which will feature a special appearance by none other than the lately entertaining Miley Cyrus! She’ll be there along with hype DJ and Rihanna-man Calvin Harris. Oh, and it’s FREE! You have until 6pm to see if Ms. Cyrus breaks out her gold grill, sings her new song, "We Can't Stop" and twerks her sassy little self.
It's time for a walk down memory lane with a HotelChatter Flashback!
On this day back in 2007, we were chattering about the staggering $3 million paycheck plus room and board for the artist once again known as Prince and his seven-week residency at the Hollywood Roosevelt.
The concerts took place only on Friday nights in the hotel's Blossom Room and had a starting time of 11pm. The shows typically didn't finish until 4 in the morning, although the hotel did serve food at 2am. While the shows gave the hotel some amazing press and real rock star cred, getting tickets to the show was a nightmare for people who weren't celebrities or rock stars themselves. Not to mention the ticket price was $312 for standing room only.
Yet, this was done in the days before social media took over our lives so we can't help but wonder how this would have gone down using Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest, etc. Think Prince would be up for a reunion show?
Are you one of the lucky fans going to Jay-Z’s final two concerts tonight and tomorrow at the Barclays Center? Or do you plan on exploring the new center in the future and hitting the bars along Smith Street? Well, then you’ll need a place to crash, won’t you?
It just so happens that NU Hotel Brooklyn has a “Sleep It Off” package for late-night revelers. What you’ll get is a room and two cans of Mercy (a supposed hangover prevention beverage) for $199.00 plus tax.
But, here’s the thing, you can only get the room by showing up in person after midnight for the same day. So, you’re basically losing 9 hours of hotel luxuriating from the normal 3pm check-in time, but you are getting a cheaper rate, which can be as high as $299 mid-week. You’ll also bypass the “3-night minimum on weekends” rule when being spontaneous.
BTW if you didn’t get Jay-Z tickets (like some of us), you’ll be able to watch Saturday’s concert for free as it’ll be live-streamed to kick-start his new YouTube channel, “Jay's Life + Times”.
For starters: will tourists start to see Brooklyn as a viable alternative to Manhattan when it comes to hotels? In the past year alone, Brooklyn acquired five new hotels. And we managed to visit every one of 'em. Here are a few places to consider resting your head next time you visit the BK...
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While hotels in Atlantic City usually tend to hover around a reasonable $110 or $130 a night, rates have shot through the roof for the upcoming holiday weekend. In the days leading up to Labor Day, AC properties are asking for up to $500-$600 a night, and many of them are already sold out.
Including Revel, which has two special guests headlining at the resort this weekend: Cee Lo Green and The Eagles. Each of them will be putting on concerts—Cee Lo at The Social on Friday and Saturday nights, and The Eagels at Ovation Hall on Saturday and Sunday nights—to amp up the Labor Day festivities, which include fireworks on the beach, casino giveaways, BBQ parties, a White Party, and burlesque at the Royal Jelly nightclub.
But for those who just want the concert tickets without having to worry about secretly crashing in Revel's lobby, here are a few other hotels that still have availability.
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Any true Ben Folds Five fans will have already heard the news (which Mr. Folds announced himself via Twitter in January), but for the rest of you: the Ben Folds Five will be making their first album since 1999. And one of the places they'll be re-uniting onstage? The Westin Times Square.
We know what you're thinking...but before you go scratching your heads about why they would pick such a random concert venue for their reunion tour, know that this gig is actually part of a new live music program being launched by Starwood hotels all over the world. Titled "On Tour with SPG: Hear the Music, See the World," the promotion consists of notable bands either performing in, DJing at, or attending parties inside Starwood hotels—all for the enjoyment of (incredibly spoiled) SPG members.
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UPDATE 5.7.12: Beyonce has just added a fourth date to her opening weekend shows. She will now be getting Bootylicious on May 28 as well. Tickets go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster.com on Monday, May 14 at 10am EST. But Beyonce's fans will get a presale exclusive on Friday, May 11 at 10am EST.
The opening of Atlantic City's newest casino hotel keeps getting more and more exciting. With only a few more weeks until the hotel soft-opens, plans are heating up for Revel's big grand opening party over Memorial Day Weekend. And none other than Queen B herself will be there to
Beyonce is set to give her first live performance since the birth of Blue Ivy at Revel's Ovation Hall. Actually, it will be a series of live concerts over three nights, Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m., Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the shows go on sale on Friday April 6 at 10am ET at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com (Ugh.)
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Just as it was with Pitbull, the Vegas-style mega-hotel has put together a slick menu of fan packages, tailored to your level of love for Ricky. The cheapest option is $329 a night, based on a three-night stay in a standard room, and including two general admission tickets to the concert, access to an open-bar hour, and a 'Bleau Live Fan amenity'.
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We already know the Mondrian Soho is in its soft open, but the downtown hotel will throw an official opening party on March 10 featuring a set by The Kills. If history is any guide, the inevitable after party will be at Mr. H (and feature Kate Moss as a star guest, seeing as she's engaged to one of said Kills).
But we'd be more interested if the rockers took over the theatrical greenhouse of Imperial No. 9, the seafood spot from quasi-celeb chef Sam Talbot that New York magazine calls "probably the most out-there design we’ve seen since another movie-inspired eatery, FoodParc," at the Eventi hotel. It opened last night.
The drink list at the new spot is certainly out there, too. Zagat fills us in on cucumber foams, unfiltered apple cider, chai cordials, chamomile agave syrup and other oddities on cocktail guru John Lermayer's list. Will The Kills be ordering 'em up? We certainly would.
Next month, violin-hip-hop queen Emily Wells makes her debut at the Ace Hotel—over and over again! Every Sunday next month at 9pm, the always-packed hipster hangout will host the violinist-singer (made famous for her version of "Juicy," by rap legend Notorious BIG) in the lobby for a February residency. The performances will be free, so save your dollars for those overpriced cocktails—and expect a crowd.
Over the past few years, Wells has attracted tens of thousands of followers with her trademark looped violin trip-hop blues, and sees the performances as a "way to introduce myself to the city." (Wells recently moved from LA to NYC's East Village).
As of late, several Manhattan hotels have introduced new hotel concert series for guests and locals to attend. While we can't always expect Lady Gaga, we can expect something better than the too-trendy lobby trance sounds piped in on a CD. Now, have you ever wondered about the musicians you see in hotels playing for guests and other passersby? Well, wonder no more as Alex Schechter tells us about his recent musical residency at The Gershwin.
Every Wednesday morning, we showed up at the piano, waited for the receptionist to hook up the PA system, played for an hour, and then left. Our sporadic audience was usually a mix of hotel guests waiting to check out, businessmen on laptops, and friends of ours.
The series was called "AM Serenades," though many had a difficult time understanding why a noontime show would be called "AM Serenades" and to be honest, we were never quite sure ourselves. But no matter, our intention was more straightforward: to offer some beautiful music in a beautiful setting, for anyone who happened to be passing through.